Halloween (2018) Movie Review

4.5/10

Entertaining one minute, then mediocre for the next fifteen. Halloween succeeds in making its villain feel menacing and even throws in clever callbacks for fans of the original. It’s everything between the moments of good that bring it down.

Set 40 years after the events of the first film, Halloween once again reunites Jamie Lee Curtis with her favourite babysitter Michael Myers. During that time Myers has been in prison, with Curtis praying every night that he will escape so she can kill him once and for all. Looks like she’s been reading the book “The Secret”.

Let’s start with the positives.

Halloween (for the most part) does a good job of making Michael Myers a menacing villain. The film sets him up a villain that just kills and moves on to the next victim. There’s no emotion or motive and that matches what the film wants him to be: the epitome of evil.

There are also clever callbacks for fans of the original to enjoy. It was fun to watch the theatre notice the lines of dialogue and role reversals that referred to the first film. They were subtle and still effective for those who haven’t seen the original.

And finally, there’s one African-American child actor that in my eyes stole the show. Most of his scenes were improvised and were genuinely hilarious. I don’t want to spoil his lines of dialogue or the circumstances of those scenes. Suffice to say these were the most entertaining out of the whole movie for me.

Everything else is a inconsistent and confusing shit show.

Halloween sets the tone with Michael Myers’ first kill but then later contradicts itself by not following through with a certain encounter (you’ll know what I mean if you see the movie). There was a chance to truly live up to this epitome of evil image, but Halloween chooses to back down because its afraid to take the risk. In my opinion the producers should either remove that scene or make good on their promise.

The film also has a lot of awkward and unfunny character interactions. The film tries to give quirky comedic moments between minor characters but fails more often than it succeeds. A scene with two cops talking about what they packed for dinner is the pinnacle of this. Throughout their entire conversation I was thinking “why the hell is this in the movie? It’s not funny”.

Even more confusing is how Myers’s age in the film fits with his killing spree. I don’t know how a 70-year man can get shot, hit by a car, beaten by a crowbar, punched, survive a bus crash, and still manage to kill ten plus people during that time. It was hilarious.

Maybe Halloween would be more entertaining if only I threw out any logic and didn’t take it so seriously. But that’s the problem; I don’t know what it wants to be.

On one hand it tries to feel serious by making Michael Myers a menacing and ruthless killing machine. On the other hand, it throws in awkward moments of comedy and confusing plot ideas. The result of which makes me feel less impressed and wanting.

But hey, what else was I expecting from a movie that’s the eleventh instalment and second reboot sequel to a cash cow series that’s all over the place with sequels and reboots.

Sausage Party Movie Review

sausage party2/10

I’m not going to sugar coat it – Sausage Party is the worst movie this year. I didn’t think anything could top Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, but here we are with an obscene, crude and truly unfunny affair that should never have existed in the first place.

Seth Rogen voices Frank, a hot dog who lives in a supermarket chain amongst a whole community of grocery items. The dream of each individual here is to be chosen by the customers that enter – or the “gods”, as they are referred to – in order to be taken out into the great beyond to live in happiness for eternity. Soon Frank and his large array of friends, which include Kristen Wiig as Brenda the hot dog bun and Danny McBride as Honey Mustard, find out the dark truth that not all is what it seems out in the great beyond. Together they must form a plan to inform the community and prevent all from their impending doom.

Not the worst idea for a film ever, and indeed the stage was set for some clever chances at making commentary on society whilst rolling out an array of supermarket related jokes. Unfortunately, directors Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon choose to focus purely on sex jokes and racist humor and not once is it executed in a way that is smart, or unique, or even funny. To be clear – I’m not suggesting that I have a certain disdain for this type of humor and that all forms of fun have to be politically correct. What I am not a fan of is the director’s mindset of, “Oh, we went there, and we’re going to keep going there because nothing is off limits now”.

Within the first 10 minutes of the film, a few walked out of the cinema, and it wasn’t long before more joined them. What followed was one of the most unnecessarily grotesque forms of animation I’ve ever seen. It just wasn’t funny. The sex scene in Team America: World Police is equally crude, but it works within the overall tone of the film, whereas here it seems like someone tried to make far too many cracks about sausages and buns while stoned. I urge you to see something else. I feel like I’ve been Punk’d and this is just one big joke… I hope.